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Tips and Techniques: Printed and Colored Plastic Bags Transfers with Mickey Bond


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Tips and Techniques: Printed and Colored Plastic Bags Transfers with Mickey Bond

Tips and Techniques: Printed and Colored Plastic Bags Transfers with Mickey Bond The following technique is part of my workshop: Inspiring Resists and Mixed Media. Santa Fe, NM. There is so much plastic in our lives — not just clear plastic but colored plastic shopping bags galore. These printed plastic bags (the cheaper the better in this case) can create intriguing transfers of both color and print media. The process could not be simpler. Apply GAC 100 undiluted and without added paint...

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Tips and Techniques: Creating Transfers from Junk with Mickey Bond

Tips and Techniques: Creating Transfers from Junk with Mickey Bond

Tips and Techniques: Creating Transfers from Junk with Mickey Bond Junk Mail, colored plastic and paper bags. A lesson from my workshop: Inspiring Resists and Mixed Media.There is so much printed media in our lives as well as colored plastic. It’s fun to create transfers from what most people throw away and the process could not be simpler. Apply Golden GAC 100 to your painting surface and press media into it. You’ll only need 5-10 seconds for newsprint but plastic bag transfers...

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Tips and Techniques: Working with Temperature Mickey Bond

Tips and Techniques: Working with Temperature Mickey Bond

Tips and Techniques: Working with Temperature Mickey Bond Frost is a type of ice created when water in the air goes directly from a vapor to a solid, usually on surfaces low to the ground. When the dew point and outdoor temperature dips below 32° F conditions are right for frost formation. It’s fun to capture those delicate patterns of in paint. In these examples I’ve used Ampersand “clayboard” liquid acrylic and water to create a surface where crystals develop over...

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Visual Journaling with Lisa de St. Croix

Visual Journaling with Lisa de St. Croix

Visual Journaling with Lisa de St. Croix A Visual Journal is a place to record your deepest thoughts and emotions through art making and writing. It is both a diary and sketchbook; a container for memories, hopes and dreams. It is a way to experiment with different art supplies and techniques. It is both playful and healing and can be a guide to finding answers. I have been teaching Visual Journal workshops for over ten years. My classes are designed to help you slow down, tune in and create....

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Tips and Techniques: Color Temperature with Jane Shoenfeld

Tips and Techniques: Color Temperature with Jane Shoenfeld

Warm colors tend to stand out in a picture and cooler coolers tend  to retreat. Warm colors are like warm people, they tend to come towards you. Cool colors are like cooler people, they tend to stay back a bit. Both are vital to a landscape painting. Warm – Red, Orange, Yellow, Magenta Warm browns Warm greys Cool – Blue, Green, Blue Violet Cooler greys, Cooler browns Colors such as chartreuse and lime green are good examples of  how a so called warm cooler has a cooler expression.  A...

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Tips and Techniques: Snow on Paintings with Mickey Bond

Tips and Techniques: Snow on Paintings with Mickey Bond

Tips and Techniques: I begin my paintings outdoors every day of the year. Right now that means snow on the ground, thaws in the sun and overnight deep freezes resulting in crackles and crystal pattens in my acrylic paint. A few weeks ago an unexpected few inches of snow fell and covered my paintings for several days. When I added the last layer of paint and GAC 100 I purposely scattered some snow as well. The results reminded me of a half frozen mountain stream where shapes emerge and submerge...

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Tips and Techniques: How to Create Glazes Using Acrylic Paints By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: How to Create Glazes Using Acrylic Paints By Nancy Reyner

A glaze is a transparent and subtle color application. Glazing in acrylic is best accomplished by using a slow drying medium. You can make your own slow drying medium by adding an acrylic additive called retarder to any regular acrylic gloss medium. Add up to 15% retarder to the medium. You can also use Golden’s Acrylic Glazing Medium, which already contains a good proportion of retarder and medium. I often add a small amount of water to this retarder & medium mixture to help...

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Tips and Techniques: The Best Time to Use Glazes By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: The Best Time to Use Glazes  By Nancy Reyner

A glaze can be considered a delicate layer of color. Delicate because it is so subtle and transparent. Therefore, a glaze is best used on top of a stronger base color. A common Old Master’s Technique used a grisaille, meaning grays, which is an underpainting composed of dark and light paint colors using combinations of grays or neutrals. This “gray” underpainting allows the artist to concentrate on patterns of dark and light and general composition concepts, without thinking...

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Tips and Techniques: Glazes with Texture By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Glazes with Texture By Nancy Reyner

  Glazing is a technique commonly used in many mediums such as oil and acrylic to create transparent layers of color. Since acrylic can be used thickly with no cracking or adhesion problems, it also has the benefit of offering some more unusual painting applications. By using a thick acrylic gel, and adding this into regular acrylic colored paint, you can create a thick but transparent subtly colored mixture. Apply this mixture over previously applied dried and painted layers using a...

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Tips and Techniques: Opaque Painting Techniques Using Acrylic By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Opaque Painting Techniques Using Acrylic By Nancy Reyner

Using contrasts or opposites is an important painting tool. Pairing warm with cool colors, or hard edges with soft, or simple spaces with complex ones, adds intrigue, focus and power to the image. Since I like to use glazes and transparent layering in my work, an essential contrasting technique then, is the use of opaque painted areas. Not all colors are opaque right out of the tube. The newer colors, which often have unusual names like Phthalo or Quinacridone, are naturally transparent. The...

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Tips and Techniques:Color Control with Acrylic By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques:Color Control with Acrylic By Nancy Reyner

Perhaps you have noticed that as your acrylic painting dries, the colors change. They get darker. Actually what is happening is the acrylic paint appears lighter while it is wet. All paints are made of two basic components, pigment (which looks like colored dirt before it is used in the paint) and binder, which holds the pigment particles together and turns them into a usable paint form. Other terms for binder are vehicle or medium. Polymer or acrylic is the medium/vehicle/binder for acrylic...

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Tips and Techniques:Choosing Gels, Mediums & Pastes By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques:Choosing Gels, Mediums & Pastes By Nancy Reyner

I often get emails asking about the differences between Gels, Mediums and Pastes. First, it helps to understand a general principle behind all paint and painting products.  All colored paints are made with basically two components: pigment – for color, and binder (also called medium, vehicle, and in the case of acrylic paints – polymer) which turns the pigment into a usable paint. Any other product is usually some form of plain binder without any pigment, and is created to help...

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Tips and Techniques: An Easy Way to Think About Acrylic By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: An Easy Way to Think About Acrylic By Nancy Reyner

  I often get asked the same type of question regarding acrylic paint, whether to use mediums or water, and how much of each. A good way to think about acrylic is to organize all the techniques into two categories. Almost all techniques deal with acrylic sitting on TOP of the surface, or sinking DOWN INTO the surface. To use acrylic on top, or to layer, keep the use of water to a minimum, and only use mediums and gels. This way your acrylic paint will not be diluted, so the “plastic”...

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Tips and Techniques: Outdoor Painting with the New Slow Drying Acrylics by Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Outdoor Painting with the New Slow Drying Acrylics by Nancy Reyner

On a recent outdoor painting trip I decided to try out the new slow drying acrylics from Golden called Open Acrylics. Usually I use oil pastels when working outdoors for portability and ease. However, I was surprised to find painting with these new acrylics even easier and much more fun! I spent time preparing and planning, and since it all worked out so well, I thought I would post my list of supplies and a few things that worked for me to see if anyone else might want to try it. I bought the...

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Tips and Techniques with Sandra Duran Wilson

Tips and Techniques with Sandra Duran Wilson

Art Tips and Tricks Air 6×6 sold This little painting blends surface treatments and transfers to give you lots of texture and depth. The lower portion background is a pumice gel tinted with Dioxazine purple and aluminum paint. When this was dry I used a stencil and applied crackle paste with a palette knife. The crackle paste must dry overnight and then I used several different glazes on top. The upper portion was first painted and when dry I put printed Gampi tissue over this using...

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Tips and Techniques: Tips on Pouring Acrylic By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Tips on Pouring Acrylic By Nancy Reyner

  I get a lot of requests for tips to pour acrylic. To get a very smooth glossy finish, pouring acrylic mediums is a great way to accomplish that “surfboard finish”. Pours are also cool ways to get smooth evenly applied glazes or transparently colored overlays. My favorite pouring mediums are (these are all Golden products) Clear Tar Gel, Self-Leveling Gel, and GAC800. The Clear Tar Gel and Self-Leveling Gel both need about 20-40% water added if you are pouring in a dry warm climate –...

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Tips and Techniques: BUBBLE BUBBLE By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: BUBBLE BUBBLE By Nancy Reyner

  I recently received an inquiry on how to keep bubbles out of that last acrylic varnish layer or finishing coat. I thought other folks might be interested in my answer: (by the way, the title of this article is from my favorite Shakespeare play – does it ring a bell for anyone?) Acrylic has a tendency to cause bubbling in paint layers, unless you take care to avoid them. Here are some sure-fire tips to keep your paint layer bubble free: (1)Always pour liquid from one container into...

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Tips and Techniques: Reduce fading of printed papers by Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Reduce fading of printed papers by Nancy Reyner

  A recent inquiry came to me regarding the archival nature of commercial papers and other additions of non-fine art products added into paintings. There is something you can do to reduce the fading of printed papers. Golden has two products which both have UV protection, and are made especially to help increase the longevity of inks and other colors. There is a UV Gel that comes in Gloss or Satin. Apply this over the papers. The more layers of this you use, the more protection. There is...

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Tips and Techniques: Gold Leaf and Acrylic Paint By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Gold Leaf and Acrylic Paint By Nancy Reyner

A recent inquiry regarding gold leaf and acrylic paint was just posed to me, so I thought I would share the question and my response for anyone else using this cool combo. By the way, my book “Acrylic Revolution” has a full step-by-step of this technique, but my response here adds a few hints. Question: Your website popped up after I googled “acrylic paint over gold leaf”. I am using a similar technique to yours but with very different imagery. My technique: rigid panels primed...

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Tips and Techniques: The Mysterious Radiant Palette By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: The Mysterious Radiant Palette By Nancy Reyner

So what is this “radiant palette” all about? I received an inquiry recently asking about this term, used by Thomas Kinkade and other artists, referring to luminous colors, and an increase in middle tones that shift in light. In my opinion, there are two ways to get this effect. First, lay out your palette so that it contains both modern and mineral colors (also known as organic and inorganic). The modern pigments are much more intense, brighter, and yes, I guess you could say radiant. They...

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Tips and Techniques: Pouring Resin-like finishes By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Pouring Resin-like finishes By Nancy Reyner

How do you get that surfboard finish so popular on paintings? You know, that super clear, glossy, smooth top coat. The best results can be obtained using commercial resins. They come in two parts – a resin and hardener. They are, however, very toxic to work with. I prefer to use acrylic non-toxic fine artist alternatives that may not look as perfect, but will also last without yellowing or cracking. My favorite technique is to lay the painting flat and very level, and propped up on containers...

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Tips and Techniques: Is Using Water with Acrylic good or bad? by Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Is Using Water with Acrylic good or bad? by Nancy Reyner

    There seems to be a myth that you aren’t supposed to use water with acrylic, and then there’s another one that you should always use water. This issue about water was something that really intrigued me when I first starting using acrylic paints. I address this issue in my book, Acrylic Revolution. The book has lots of recipes and techniques and the idea of when to use water and when not to use water becomes more clear. But here I’ll write about it more specifically and in depth....

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Tips and Techniques – Underpainting in Acrylic with Cathy Carey

Tips and Techniques – Underpainting in Acrylic with Cathy Carey

  Cathy Carey cathy@artstudiosandiego.com When I am under time constraints, I like to under paint a few layers in acrylic to save some drying time. Then I finish the last few layers in oil. You can paint oil over acrylic, but not acrylic over oil, it would peel. Most canvases are prepared with gesso that is acrylic based. If you buy an oil based gesso prepared canvas you cannot paint on it in acrylic. You can buy tinted gesso and prepare your own canvases. If you want to add texture, try...

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Tips and Techniques: Mounting Paper onto Canvas by Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques: Mounting Paper onto Canvas by Nancy Reyner

  Often artists will create a drawing or sketch on paper, and then want to adhere it to a  stretched canvas to create a stronger support, or continue adding subsequent layers of paint. Here below is a method I learned from painter/instructor David True, who taught a workshop I attended years ago at Anderson Ranch. Start with a canvas that is stretched and primed with gesso so it isn’t too absorbent. It should be the same size as the paper drawing, and the paper drawing should have...

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Tips and Techniques – Underpainting for Oil and Acrylic with Cathy Carey

Tips and Techniques – Underpainting for Oil and Acrylic with Cathy Carey

I like to paint a color underneath that will show through and be a contrast to the top color. I find this gives a more complex look to my layers. Some of the contrasts you can try: contrasts of temperature; warm and cool, contrasts of value; light and dark, contrasts of saturation; dull versus brilliant, contrasts of texture; flat areas versus textured. Gold is a great color as the undertone for landscapes since it is a warm color and most of the outdoors (sky, trees, forests, oceans, lakes...

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Tips and Techniques – Transparent Layers: Glazing vs. Washes By Nancy Reyner

Tips and Techniques – Transparent Layers: Glazing vs. Washes  By Nancy Reyner

There are two ways to apply a transparent layer of acrylic color: decreasing the power of the color by using water or by using medium. The first way, using water, is accomplished with a “wash” or “stain” made by using a mixture of water to colored paint in a ratio of about 8:2 (this isn’t an exact science, but the idea is to add enough water that the acrylic binder is completely diluted, usually at least half water to half color). This makes a very diluted color...

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Tips and Techniques with Sandra Duran Wilson

Tips and Techniques with Sandra Duran Wilson

The Future 8×8 framed This is painting began with a direct transfer. I originally used transparencies to transfer onto book pages. From this original, I made a laser copy and did a direct transfer onto the panel with GAC 700. I put an isolation layer on and then used gels, mediums and paints to complete the work. These techniques are in Surface Treatment Workshop. www.sandraduranwilson.com   Amazon.com...

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Tips and Techniques with Sandra Duran Wilson

Tips and Techniques with Sandra Duran Wilson

  This is a detail from the painting Garden Glow-Dawn. There are three paintings in this series and I recently made changes to this one to bring more light into the triptych. The plexiglas panel fits flush with the wood panel surface. It has gold leaf on the back and acrylic mediums on the front. The petal shapes were made from an acrylic medium and each was painted with different glazes. This painting has been built up with over 20 layers of paint and isolation layers....

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